We want to try and plan some impromptu pleasure drives throughout
the year which are in addition to drives already planned. If
you would like to be informed of any drives that may be arranged
during the year please send your email address to Pearl Hudson at
We are also looking for more venues to hold BDS drives, so if you
would like to host a drive can you also please let Pearl know. Even
if you can only cater for 2 or 3 turnouts it would be good to be
able to offer more drives to our members.
Havenswold Drive 2nd June
We had pencilled a
drive from Peasmarsh on this day but unfortunately we were not able
to organise the event. So
at the eleventh hour, Dick Tanner very kindly stepped in and offered
a drive from his place.
As the weather had
been dry we were able to unbox in one of his fields.
We had 8 turnouts attend this drive and were also joined by
members from West Sussex and Kent.
Graham Bellingham was on hand to assist with parking anyone’s
lorry if they found the gateway into the field difficult to
At this time of the
year we are able to utilise a third by-way, which is only open in
the summer. This
enabled us to enjoy a wonderful country drive interlaced with byways
all of which pass through woodland which kept all the participants
cool as it was rather a hot day.
On our return to the
field Dick had set up a picnic table and chairs for us to enjoy a
veritable feast generously provided by Dick and is wife Mary.
Framfield Drive 5th May 2019
There were six
turnouts for this eight mile road drive which was held from Sue Page’s
yard. We were pleased
to welcome a newcomer, Becky Smale from West Sussex with her 7 year
old cob and we hope to see her at more of our events.
The old saying 'Ne'er
cast a clout till May be out' was never more true than for this
drive as there was a very cold wind blowing which negated any of the
warmth from the May sunshine. However
it is an ill wind that blows nobody any good to quote another old
saying and whilst it was freezing for the humans on the drive, the
hardworking equines found the cold wind to be refreshing.
safely and enjoyed a hot cuppa and biscuits very kindly provided by
Springfield Farm, Rushlake
Green Drive Sunday 7th April 2019
It was a cloudy day
with no wind for the seven turnouts who took part in the drive from
Springfield Farm. This
is a particularly lovely venue as there is plenty of hard standing
on which to unbox. The
owners of the farm have very recently increased the size of their
yard and we all made good use of the space.
Pearl Hudson had
planned three new routes of 6, 7 or 12 miles and provided maps and
directions as usual. Most
of the participants opted for the 6 mile route and 2 went all out
and did the 12 miles. All thoroughly enjoyed the drive which afforded a change of
scenery as the routes passed through woodland and farmland.
Drive 10th March 2019
This drive has to go
down in history as one of the windiest drives we have ever held.
One of our members was delayed as her road was blocked by a
neighbour’s shed which had been blown away and had landed on the
road. Two members
decid3d not to come as it was too windy but despite the unpleant
weather condition we did have nine turnouts and one rider.
We were very pleased to welcome Sue Nebbeling from Surrey
area and a new member from East Sussex, Sarah Otway.
The Havenswold drive
encompasses the long 3 mile byway through Abbots Wood but only two
members decided to do it. All
of the others went on a shorter country road drive.
We had delayed the departure in the hope that the wind would
die down a bit which it did for a short while.
It was only when we were returning to Havenswold that the
wind started to gust again.
Everyone was pleased
to have arrived back safely and thoroughly enjoyed the buffet
refreshments provided by our host Dick Tanner.
This drive definitely
blew the winter cobwebs away.
Pevensey Drive, Sunday
16th September 2018
very kindly hosted another drive and we had 6 turnouts attend
including members from Kent and West Sussex.
The Autumn weather
was glorious. This
venue affords several routes. Four
turnouts went together in convoy led by Jane Parsons with Ben and
did the 12.9 mile route which crosses the centre of the Pevensey
marshes. The views here
are spectacular. The
other two turnouts went inland and did shorter drives.
back in good time to enjoy a sumptuous buffet lunch generously
provided by Lynda.
Firle Park Lewes, Sunday 9th September 2018
We were very
fortunate again this year to be allowed to hold a drive from Firle
and our thanks are extended to Lord and Lady Gage for giving us
permission to access Firle Park.
11 turnouts took part with members from Kent, Surrey and West
Sussex as well as East Sussex.
We unboxed in Firle
Park itself and drove past Firle Place and through the picturesque
village of Firle before going off road on the Old Coach Road by-way.
Extensive maintenance had been carried out on the by-way since last
year and we were able to traverse its entire length. This took
us all along the bottom of the South Downs past the original
coaching inn (now a tea house) to Berwick where we turned round and
came back, arriving back into Firle Park though a private entrance.
Two of our members felt their ponies would not be able to do the
full 10 miles and were able to take a shorter route of 5 miles which
still took them off road and past the old coaching inn and back into
Havenswold Drive, Sunday 29th July 2018
weeks of wall to wall sunshine the weather finally broke on the
Sunday of our Havenswold drive.
Of the 10 turnouts that had booked, only 4 turned up and
braved the rainy weather.
This drive is particularly lovely at this
time of the year, as access to three interconnecting well maintained
by-ways gives a lovely countryside drive between hedgerows and
through ancient woodland. The
drive, although a bit damp, was still very enjoyable and everyone
arrived safely back to enjoy a buffet lunch kindly provided by our
host Dick Tanner.
Framfield Drive, Saturday 21st July 2018
Sue Page hosted a lovely summer evening drive from Framfield.
We had intended to incorporate a drive around New Place which
would have given us a 10 mile off road drive. However, due to
the hot weather and the fact that the ground would have been too
hard we decided to go for a shorter 6 mile country road drive
instead. It was a very tranquil and peaceful drive around the
There were only four turnouts which was a little
disappointing but understandable as it was too hot for many
especially if they had some distance to travel. Everyone had a
very enjoyable and relaxed drive and returned to some very welcome
refreshments provided by Sue.
Pevensey Drive, Sunday 1st July 2018
Our thanks go to
Lynda Baker-Beall for again hosting this drive from Little Downash
attended this drive on what must have been one of the hottest days
of the year. It was
lovely to have members from Kent and Surrey drive along with us too.
There were five
routes available most members took the 7 mile route around the
pretty Sussex village of Hankham.
Another member took a shorter route of 5 miles and one other
member took the route that went across the Pevensey marshes and
around the hamlet of Flowers Green.
Everyone had a lovely
drive and returned to a wonderful spread of refreshments kindly
provided by Lynda.
Summer Solstice Evening Drive, 21st June 2018
This event was first
held last year and as it proved popular we repeated it again this
year. Golden Cross
Equestrian was the venue and there were nine turnouts.
The weather was cooler than last year and that made it better
for the horses. Everyone
arrived at 6.30 pm and drove off individually or in small groups.
There was a choice of three fairly flat routes.
This is a particularly lovely drive as
part of it is off-road down a byway which can only be accessed
during the summer months. The rest of the route is through
country lanes and the picturesque historic village of Ripe, which
was at one time owned by King Harold who was killed in 1066 at the
battle of Hastings.
Chiddingly/Muddles Green Drive, Sunday 3rd June
As a result of having
to postpone our area show, originally scheduled for Sunday 3rd
June, we decided to hold an impromptu drive.
Copford Farm was a new venue kindly suggested by Claire
Cousens. It was an
excellent venue, which not only afforded safe parking in the shade
of some trees but also was well placed for a drive along leafy quiet
This drive offered up
5 routes of varying length from 11.5 miles down to 6 miles so that
everyone was catered for. All
of the routes were along quiet country lanes and passed through the
two picturesque villages of Chiddingly and Muddles Green.
We had eight
turnouts, two of which came from West Sussex, and we would have had
another three had they not had to cancel for various reasons.
Everyone had an
enjoyable, safe drive and it is hoped that we will be able to repeat